2017 Honda Civic Si

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL
$23,900 - $24,100 See Inventory Prices

8.0

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The Honda Civic SI Sedan is a compact sedan that is placed in a segment of cars that are mere A-B transporters. But the Civic stands apart. With its stylish looks and sporty fairing, the Civic is much more than your daily driver. In fact, one can certainly say that the Civic is the best looking car amongst its rivals and also the most fun to drive car in the segment.

The Civic is an affordable car. It is priced at $23,900, much cheaper than its rivals. The Civic Si Sedan is the performance variant of the Civic Sedan. The power plant of the Civic Sedan churns out 205 horses and delivers a 192 lb-ft of torque. The Civic also performs impressively in terms of fuel economy and gets a combined rating of 32 MPG.

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Pros

Bold design.

Great value.

Excellent fuel economy.

Cons

Low positioning of seats.

Not so intuitive infotainment system.

Low rear headroom.

What's New?

Apart from some minute cosmetic changes, the 2017 Civic now gets a 6-speed manual gearbox. Something to cheer up the purists.


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Styles

 2017 Honda Civic Si in Crystal Black color  2017 Honda Civic Si in Aegean Blue Metallic color  2017 Honda Civic Si in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2017 Honda Civic Si in Rallye Red color  2017 Honda Civic Si in White Orchid Pearl color
Crystal Black

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

8.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.1

Driving

8.1

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Honda Civic Si Base

Base

power
205 hp @ 5700 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
32 combined

$23,900 - $24,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $23,900 MSRP (26/32/38) 205 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
w/Summer Tires 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $24,100 MSRP (28/32/38) 205 hp @ 5700 rpm, 1.5 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial December 21, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


7.6/10
Features

 

8.0/10
Engine

 

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.1/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Honda Civic is one of the most iconic cars in the industry. First rolled out in 1972, the Civic has grown to be one of the most successful cars in the world. One of the many reasons for the Civic's success is that it hits the right balance between power, fuel economy, practicality and luxury. The Civic has always been one step ahead of its competitors in terms of technology, design, practicality and features and has always set the benchmark for other cars in the segment.

2017 Honda Civic Si Features

7.6/10

The Civic Si Sedan is offered in only one trim level. In fact, the Civic Si Sedan is the performance variant of the regular Civic Sedan. The regular Civic Sedan makes only 158 HP while the Civic Si Sedan makes 205 HP. The Civic Si Sedan is priced at $23,900 which is roughly 4000 bucks more than the regular Civic Sedan.

The Civic Si Sedan gets some cool feature like 10 speaker audio system, heated front seats, dual zone automatic climate control, a unique rear spoiler, leather wrapped steering and Si branded seats. The suspensions of the Civic Si Sedan are race tuned and get adaptive dampers. The Civic Si also gets a limited slip differential for better performance.

Trims

Civic SI Sedan

MSRP

$23,900

Features

  • Foglights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers
  • Bigger front brakes
  • Limited-slip front differential
  • Unique rear spoiler, Si branded seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 10-speaker stereo
  • Unique instrument panel with faux carbon-fiber surfaces.

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The Civic Si comes only as a single installment and is equipped with all the basic features to the brim. You can opt for different packages which will be a little hefty on your pocket.

2017 Honda Civic Si Engine

8.0/10

Engine and Transmission

The Honda Civic S Sedan uses a 1.5 litre turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder engine. The engine makes an impressive 205 horsepower and delivers 192 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. All the power is sent to the front wheels via a limited slip transmission.

The Civic is the least powerful car in its segment. All its rivals make more power than it. The most powerful car is the Subaru WRX which delivers 268 horsepower and delivers of 258 lb-ft of torque. The Subaru is followed by the Ford Focus STI and the Volkswagen Golf GTi that make 252 HP and 210 HP respectively.

Models

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Subaru WRX

VW Golf GTI

Ford Focus ST

MSRP

$23,900

$26,695

$25,595

$24,775

Engine

1.5L Turbo 4-cylinder

2.0L turbocharged

Subaru Boxer 4-cylinder

2.0 L inline 4- cylinder, 16V, TSI

2.0L EcoBoost inline-4 cylinder

Transmission

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

Power

205 hp

268 hp

210 hp

252 hp

Torque

192 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

270 lb-ft

Acceleration

The Honda Civic Si Sedan is a fun to drive car. Floor the gas and the Civic Si shoots from standstill to 60 MPH in just 6.7 seconds. If you ever take the Civic Si to the drag strip, it will hit the quarter mile mark in just 15.0 seconds. The acceleration figures are decent enough for a car in this segment.

The Honda Civic Si Sedan is the slowest car of the lot. The fastest car in the competition is the Subaru WRX that does a 0-60 MPH in 5.5 secs and hits the quarter mile in 14.2 secs. The WRX is followed by the Volkswagen Golf GTi and Ford Focus ST that do 0-60 MPH in 5.9 secs and 6.0 secs respectively. Both Ford and the Volkswagen cover the quarter mile distance in 14.6 secs. The Subaru, Volkswagen and Ford all use engines bigger than the Honda Civic Si Sedan and thus deliver better acceleration figures than the Honda does.

Ride and Handling

The Honda Civic Si Sedan rides really well. The experience from behind the wheel is premium and sophisticated and it feels like you are sitting in a much more expensive car. As stated earlier, the Honda Civic Si is a fun to drive car. The Honda rather strikes a perfect balance between premium ride quality and sporty driving experience keeping both the kind of customers happy.

Thanks to the race tuned suspensions that are a little bit on the stiffer side, you won't have body roll at high speed cornering. But you will certainly get a bump or two go through your spine on harsh road conditions. The race spec suspension enhance the driving dynamics while they sacrifice the comfort quality.

Braking

The Honda Civic Si Sedan gets 12.3 inches diameter discs up front and 11.1 inches diameter discs at the rear. These are the second largest set of brakes in the lot the Honda Civic gets. Slam on the brakes and the Civic comes to a halt from 60 MPH at a distance of 123 feet which is not really decent provided that this is the lightest car in the segment.

The Subaru WRX on the other hand gets the largest set of brakes and comes to a full stop at 113 feet from 60 MPH. The Volkswagen Golf GTi has the best braking stats in spite of getting the smallest set of brakes. The Golf GTi comes to 0 MPH from 60 MPH only at a distance of 100 feet. The Ford Focus ST stops at a distance of 111 feet.

Model

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Subaru WRX

VW Golf GTI

Ford Focus ST

Brake Front(in)

12.3

12.4

12.3

12.6

Brake Rear(in)

11.1

11.3

10.7

10.7

Curb weight(lbs)

2889

3272

3031

3223

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

113

100

111

2017 Honda Civic Si Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The Honda Civic Si Sedan delivers very impressive fuel economy numbers. In the city, the Civic Si can go for 28 miles for every gallon of fuel. On the highway, the Civic offers the best in segment fuel economy figures of 38 MPG. The Civic Si Sedan gets a combined fuel economy reating of 32 MPG. The underpowered engine and the lower kerb weight attribute to the Civic's better fuel economy.

The Volkswagen Golf GTi has the best fuel economy figures after Honda Civic Si. The Golf GTi gets a combined fuel economy rating of 28 MPG. The Golf GTi is followed by the Ford Focus ST that delivers a combined fuel economy of 25 MPG. The Subaru WRX has the lowest fuel economy rating and gets a combined economy rating of 23 MPG.

Model

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Subaru WRX

VW Golf GTI

Ford Focus ST

MPG (city)

28

20

24

22

MPG (highway)

38

27

34

30

MPG (combined)

32

23

28

25

2017 Honda Civic Si Interior

7.1/10

Hop on to the inside of the Civic Si and you will find a nice and neatly laid out dashboard. The infotainment system sits in the centre of the dashboard and is surrounded by control buttons and knobs. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and there is dash of chrome here and there on the dashboard. The instrument panel is covered with carbon fibre inserts just to make the car feel a bit more sportier.

The material quality is great. The fit and finish is also good. The manual gear shift lever is ergonomically designed and is placed between the two front seats. The climate control vents are thoughtfully placed further enhancing the air circulation in the car. The rear seats are quite roomy and the seats are pretty comfortable. The only downside is the lower positioning of front seats and taller riders will definitely complain about that.

Seating and Comfort

The Honda Civic Si Sedan offers a total passenger volume of 88.6 cubic feet. Credit to the low height of the car, the Civic loses out on head room and offer 37.5 inches of head room at the front and 34.5 inches of head room at the rear. The shoulder room and legroom is decent enough. The shoulder room at the front is 56.9 inches and at the rear is 42.3 inches. The leg room on the front is 42.3 inches while at the rear it is 35.9 inches. Under thigh support could have been better.

The Subaru WRX is the most spacious car of the lot. It offers 96.6 cubic feet of passenger room. At the front, the WRX offers head/shoulder/leg room of 39.8/55.6/43.3 inches while at the rear it offers head/shoulder/leg room of 37.1/54.2/35.4 inches. The Subaru is followed by the Volkswagen Golf GTi and the Ford Focus ST which offer passenger volume of 93.5 cubic feet and 90.7 cubic feet respectively. The Honda Civic STi is the least spacious car of the lot.

Model

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Subaru WRX

VW Golf GTI

Ford Focus ST

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

88.6

96.6

93.5

90.7

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.5/56.9/42.3

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.5/55.9/41.2

39.1/55.6/33.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

34.5/52.6/35.9

37.1/54.2/35.4

38.1/53.9/35.9

37.9/52.6/33.4

Infotainment System

The infotainment system of the Honda Civic Si Sedan gets a 10 speaker audio system, USB ports and auxiliary input and 6 inch touch screen infotainment display. The touch screen is dumb and unresponsive and is the only area where Honda has cheaped out. The user interface too is confusing and not the most intuitive. The speaker delivers crisp sound but as a whole, the infotainment system could have been better.

Interior Features

The interiors of the Honda Civic are a host to quite a good number of goodies. Some of them are listed below.

  • Heated front seats.
  • Dual zone climate control.
  • Si branded seats.
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel.
  • 10 Speaker audio system.
  • Unique instrument panel with faux carbon fibre surfaces.

  Cargo Volume

The Honda Civic Si Sedan will certainly disappoint you with the amount of luggage space that it has on offer. The trunk of the Honda Civic Si Sedan only offers 11.9 cubic feet of storage volume which is the lowest in the segment.

The Ford Focus ST offers the best luggage storage volume at 23.8 cubic feet and is followed Volkswagen Golf GTi that offers 23 cubic feet of volume. The Subaru offers 12 cubic feet of luggage storage area. In case of cargo capacity, the Civic Si Sedan fails to impress the buyer.

Model

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Subaru WRX

VW Golf GTI

Ford Focus ST

Trunk volume (ft.cube)

11.9

12.0

23

23.8

2017 Honda Civic Si Exterior

8.0/10

Dimensions and Weight

Proportionate dimensions make a car attractive. The dimensions of the Honda Civic Si are well laid out giving the car a confident and sporty look. The Honda Civic Si is 177.3 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 54.7 inches tall. It also gets a decent ground clearance of 5.9 inches just so that you don't scratch the floor when you hit a speed bump or pot hole. Overall, the car is nicely built. It gets strong shoulder line giving it solid stance and excellent street presence. The Civic Si weighs 2889 lbs.

The Subaru WRX is longer than the Civic Si by 3.6 inches. The Ford Focus ST is wider than the Civic by 0.8 inches. All the three cars are taller than the Civic by quite a good margin. The Civic is the lightest car in the segment, the heaviest being the Subaru WRX at 3272 lbs.

Model

Honda Civic Si Sedan

Subaru WRX

VW Golf GTI

Ford Focus ST

curb weight (lbs)

2889

3272

3031

3223

Length (in)

177.3

180.9

168.0

171.7

Width(in)

70.9

70.7

70.8

71.7

Height(in)

54.7

58.1

56.8

58.4

Ground clearance(in)

5.9

4.9

5.0

5.7

Wheel base(in)

106.3

104.3

103.6

104.3

Track width(in) F/R

60.5/61.2

60.2/60.6

60.6/59.6

61.2/60.4

Exterior Features

The features offered on the outside of the Honda Civic Si Sedan are listed below.

  • Fog lights.
  • Bigger front brakes.
  • Limited slip differential.
  • Unique rear spoiler.
  • Sport tuned suspensions with adaptive dampers.

2017 Honda Civic Si Safety

8.1/10

To offer a better riding experience, it is essential that the driver feels safe while driving. Keeping this in mind Honda has equipped the Civic Si Sedan with some advanced safety tech and gizmos. Some of the safety features of the Civic Si Sedan are listed below.

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
  • Advanced Front Airbags (i-SRS)
  • Smart Vent Front Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)

2017 Honda Civic Si Competition

Subaru WRX

The Subaru WRX is another legendary car and is the Japanese rival of the Honda Civic Si Sedan. The WRX offers more power than the Civic, has better acceleration figures than the Civic and also has the better braking stats than the Civic. The Subaru also offers marginally better cargo space and passenger space. Performance wise, the Civic is no match to the WRX.

On the flip side, the Civic is almost $3000 cheaper than the WRX. The Honda beats the Subaru in terms of fuel economy by a big margin. Moreover, the design of the Subaru looks outdated and old while the Civic looks fresher and offers excellent street presence. So if you crave for that extra bit of performance that the Subaru has on offer and can shell some extra bucks, then the WRX is the one for you. While if you care about fuel economy and are looking for a more balanced option, then the Civic is certainly the car you should look for.

The Volkswagen Golf GTi

The Golf GTi is yet another legendary car from the house of yet another legendary brand, Volkswagen. The Golf GTi is marginally better than the Civic Si in most areas. The German car uses a slightly bigger engine and makes 5 extra horses than the Jap. The German also beats the Jap by a few milliseconds in terms of acceleration. The Golf GTi also offers a better passenger and cargo volume than the Civic Si.

On the other hand, the Civic Si beats the Golf GTi in terms of fuel economy. Moreover, the Civic Si is around $1700 cheaper than the Golf GTi. If you are ready to stretch your budget a little bit and can sacrifice on fuel economy, then the Golf is clearly the better option.

The Ford Focus ST

The Focus ST is Fords answer to Honda Civic. The Focus too makes more power than the Civic, achieves better acceleration timings than the Civic and also has the better braking stats than the Civic. Also the Ford Focus ST offers better passenger volume and cargo volume than the Civic.

Again, fuel economy is the only area where the Ford loses to the Honda. The Ford is only a few hundred bucks more expensive than the Civic. Ultimately it comes down to looks and the Civic certainly looks than the Ford. If looks and a few hundred bucks don't make much difference to you, then you should definitely buy the Ford Focus ST.

2017 Honda Civic Si Final Verdict

The Civic is an iconic brand that has been into existence for the last 46 years. The way the brand Civic has evolved is simply amazing. Owning the Civic will indeed give you that sense of pride of being associated with one of the world's most iconic brands. And this sense pride comes at a bargain price of $23900.

Closely compared to its rivals, the Civic Si offers the more balanced package. It looks striking, it has sporty dynamics, it feels upmarket on the inside and at the same time offers great fuel economy. All these factors make the Civic a more balanced proposition than its rivals. In conclusion, the Honda Civic Si Sedan is a great value for your money.